Rock Climbing

Alex Honnold recites every step like a carefully crafted dance, narrating his routine of small handholds and foot placements with meticulousness and grace. Taking a deep breath, he extends his left leg across a gap and, solidifying his grip, pulls himself through the Boulder Challenge, a particularly difficult pitch on his route up Yosemite’s El…

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A 100th birthday only comes around once, and when it does, a major blowout is in order. This year, 2018, marks the White Mountain National Forest centennial, and knowing a little of the forest’s history will make your celebrations all the sweeter. (Don’t worry: We’ll get to the party part in a minute!) When the…

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You are heading out for a day at the crag with some local participants, most of whom have never climbed on real rock before! It is an exciting time but there is a lot to consider including: Are your skills up to date? (For current training & learning opportunities with the AMC, click here.) How…

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I spent the first day of 2017 filling my lungs with crisp winter air near New Paltz, N.Y., with two fellow rock climbers. That morning, the three of us had trudged through empty woodland and ground covered by 4 inches of fresh snow to the quartz cliffs, where the freezing rock—in some places, still covered…

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I. One of my oldest memories survives from an unknown year in the early 1980s, when I was 6 or 7, and takes place near the top of a long-since-forgotten mountain in Acadia National Park. I had been following my parents as usual when we stepped out from the canopied shelter of the trail onto…

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AMC’s Boston and New Hampshire chapters are helping to conserve and permanently protect access to critical crags near New Hampshire’s storied Rumney Rocks climbing area. Members of the chapters’ mountaineering committees are working with the Rumney Climbers Association and the Access Fund, which have secured the right to purchase technical climbing areas known as the…

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Appalachian Mountain Club organizes annual event for college outing clubs in Pioneer Valley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 AMHERST, Massachusetts – The annual 5 College Outdoor Festival returns to Hampshire College on April 16, bringing together local students from the Five College area to enjoy and gain a deeper appreciation for stewardship of the…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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Here’s a geography challenge: Starting in Midtown Manhattan, how can you get to deep forest by public transit in less than 90 minutes? The answer: by catching a commuter train or bus to Sterling Forest State Park, which straddles the New York-New Jersey border west of the Hudson. This 22,000-acre swath of nearly pristine woodland…

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The guy lives at the North Pole, where there’s no shortage of snow. Plus he’s got a team of flying reindeer to get him wherever he wants to go during the off-season. As the holiday season approaches its exhausting crescendo, you’ve got to wonder: What does the big man do to unwind post-Christmas? As the…

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